James Keenan, CFA

James Keenan, CFA

Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Credit

James E. Keenan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Credit for BlackRock Alternatives and Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of the BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation.


Mr. Keenan has led BlackRock’s Credit platform since 2006, overseeing investment strategy, processes, performance, risk management, platform strategic planning and growth initiatives, and partnerships with BlackRock’s distribution channels.  Under Mr. Keenan’s leadership, the platform has significantly expanded to offer clients a full range of investment strategies and solutions in leveraged finance, hedge fund and liquid alternative strategies, multi-strategy credit solutions, and private credit opportunities in middle market direct lending and opportunistic credit.  Since 2004, he has managed investment portfolios at BlackRock across a range of strategies including high yield credit, opportunistic and distressed lending, and long/short hedge funds.


Mr. Keenan is a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee, the Executive Committee of BlackRock Alternatives, and Investment Committees for BlackRock Private Equity Partners, Long-Term Private Capital, and Alternative Solutions Group.


Mr. Keenan began his career in credit research and trading with UBS Global Asset Management and Columbia Management Group.  He earned a BBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1998.  He is a member of Notre Dame's Wall Street Committee, its Athletic Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Services, a service and advocacy partnership in New York City.